An arresting and absorbing novel that spans decades, drawing us into the turbulent lives of a family in Southern California after the sudden death of the father Beginning in 1962 with a shocking loss, Shining Sea quickly pulls us into the lives of forty-three -year-old Michael Gannon's widow and offspring. Brilliantly described and utterly alive on the page, the Gannon clan find themselves charting paths they never anticipated, for decades to come. Told with a cinematic sweep, Shining Sea transports us from World War II to the present day, crisscrossing from the beaches of Southern California to the Woodstock rock festival, from London's gritty nightlife in the eighties to Scotland's remote Inner Hebrides, from the dry heat of Arizona to the fertile farmland of Massachusetts. Epic, tender, and beautifully rendered, Shining Sea is the portrait of an American family-a profound depiction of the ripple effects of war, the passing down of memory, the making of myth, and the power of the ideal of heroism to lead us astray but sometimes also to keep us afloat.
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"Narrators Khristine Hvam and David Pittu provide stunning dual performances, covering a large cast of detailed characters. Korkeakivi's audiobook weaves an intricate family narrative that opens in 1963 with the death of Michael Gannon, a WWII veteran. Listeners follow the impact of this loss on a large family over the generations, until 2015. The story moves through the years and across great distances--from the first concert at Woodstock to a treacherous boat excursion near Ireland and to a graduation ceremony at Columbia University. Given the intricacies of this story, it's easy to forget that only two performers are at work here. S.P.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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